[ swol-oh ]
/ ˈswɒl oʊ /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to perform the act of swallowing.


Nearby words

  1. swakara,
  2. swale,
  3. swaledale,
  4. swalk,
  5. swallet,
  6. swallow dive,
  7. swallow hole,
  8. swallow one's pride,
  9. swallow one's words,
  10. swallow-tailed

Origin of swallow

before 1000; (v.) Middle English swalwen, variant of swelwen, Old English swelgan; cognate with German schwelgen; akin to Old Norse svelgja; (noun) Middle English swalwe, swolgh throat, abyss, whirlpool, Old English geswelgh (see y-); akin to Middle Low German swelch, Old High German swelgo glutton, Old Norse svelgr whirlpool, devourer

Related formsswal·low·a·ble, adjectiveswal·low·er, nounun·swal·low·a·ble, adjectiveun·swal·lowed, adjective

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Examples from the Web for swallowable

  • But she had failed to reduce it to a swallowable size; it stuck in his throat, and, do what he would, he could not bolt it.

    Our Bird Comrades|Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser
  • His jaws resumed the burden of reducing that persistent caramel to a swallowable state.

    A Son of the City|Herman Gastrell Seely

British Dictionary definitions for swallowable


/ (ˈswɒləʊ) /

verb (mainly tr)


Derived Formsswallowable, adjectiveswallower, noun

Word Origin for swallow

Old English swelgan; related to Old Norse svelga, Old High German swelgan to swallow, Swedish svalg gullet


/ (ˈswɒləʊ) /


any passerine songbird of the family Hirundinidae, esp Hirundo rustica (common or barn swallow), having long pointed wings, a forked tail, short legs, and a rapid flightRelated adjective: hirundine
Derived Formsswallow-like, adjective

Word Origin for swallow

Old English swealwe; related to Old Frisian swale, Old Norse svala, Old High German swalwa

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Word Origin and History for swallowable
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Medicine definitions for swallowable


[ swŏlō ]


To pass something, as food or drink, through the mouth and throat into the stomach.

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Idioms and Phrases with swallowable


In addition to the idioms beginning with swallow

  • swallow one's pride
  • swallow one's words

also see:

  • bitter pill to swallow
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